Many families are dealing with life-changing issues related to housing, employment, income, debt and the loss of a loved one. In response, Illinois’ legal aid community launched COVID HE.L.P. (Housing and Economic Loss Prevention), a free tool for people in Illinois who are facing housing, employment, and other economic problems because of COVID-19. This is a joint project of CARPLS Legal Aid, a nonprofit legal aid organization in Illinois, and other Illinois legal aid agencies that understand the cascade of legal problems the pandemic has unleashed on Illinois families.

Prairie State continues to be available to help provide legal services, but this new tool is an easy way for people to access legal information as well as start an online application for legal help.